Sophisticated Fun & Games on the Range
Just a sofa. As is often the case, that’s what the out of town customer thought they came in looking for. But shortly after meeting on the floor of the Cantoni Dallas showroom, designer Josh DeLaFuente and his new prospective client, with designer Regena Hatchett, began to discuss the possibilities hidden within the walls of the property in question, and an alliance was born.
“The residence underwent a complete renovation,” Josh says. “The more we talked, the clients became open to my helping with the new space plan. From furnishings, to custom art, to accessories,” he explains, “the goal was to select gorgeous yet practical pieces that matched the stunning architecture of the home and made good use of its panoramic windows.”
As inspiration, the pair began by choosing “Anodyne,” the sensational custom piece of art displayed over the fireplace in the great room. Next, an ecru Mondrian sectional sofa was selected to help highlight "Anodyn" as well as the colorful aquarium set into the rooms’ adjoining wall. The collaborators decided that though most of the furnishings would be in neutral shades, they’d use brighter hues to accentuate particular themes. Case in point: the four turquoise wine room chairs thoughfully designed by the client to tie into the pool and other aquatic elements. "The homeowner was very involved throughout the process, she literally drew the shape of the chair frames," says Josh. "It's exciting when homeowners are so passionate and involved."
It’s easy to see that the client wanted their home to reflect a love of games, too. There’s the car, the dartboard, foosball table, and most notably—an insanely cool pool table. Thanks to its unique hydraulic system, the custom gray oak and fingerprint-free stainless steel table raises and lowers to transform into both dining and card table. The four striped chairs, set around a chrome-like sectional ottoman, are but a few examples of original pieces created to enhance a client’s personal sense of style or passion.
From the acrylic sculpture (carefully placed to play off the gorgeous photorealism of "Diver," by artist Jeannie Maddox), to the outdoor ceiling fans featured in this story, Cantoni can help with design details large and small to beautifully finish a space.
“I’m so grateful to have had this amazing project to launch my career as a full-fledged designer at Cantoni,” concludes Josh. “It’s a wonderful example of our tremendous resources and the customer service standards we uphold in order to help clients conceptualize and design their ideal living environment."
Photos by David DeLeon